A few years back, you can only either have a low-end smartphone, or a really expensive flagship one. But now, smartphones in the sub-Php20k territory is now more popular, so you can achieve the same reliable performance and features, without spending all your fortune for a high-end one.
One of these devices is from the prominent and trusty brand, Samsung, with their latest Samsung Galaxy A70. This is probably the most powerful Galaxy A device in the local market right now. Well, besides that concealed Galaxy A80.
This one is big in numbers — from its large screen, battery, processor, and more. If you’re looking for a capable smartphone from Samsung, but don’t want to spend top cash for the Galaxy S10, then this might be your best option.
But if you don’t mind jumping off the fence and going outside the Samsung ground, there are also other similarly-priced smartphones out in the market today. One of them is the Xiaomi Mi 9T.
If you’re still not familiar by now, Xiaomi is known for their bang-for-the-buck products, which also includes the Mi 9T.
But here in our Samsung Galaxy A70 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T, we’re about to see if Xiaomi smartphones still has the best value for money, or should you lean on with Samsung for this one. Let’s start!
|Xiaomi Mi 9T||Samsung Galaxy A70|
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie|
|Android 9.0 Pie|
Samsung One UI
|Display||6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED|
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
NTSC 103.8 %
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|6.7-inch Super AMOLED|
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Processor||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core||2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 618||Adreno 612|
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
|Rear Camera||48-megapixel (Sony IMX 582, f/1.75) +|
8-megapixel (2x zoom) +
13-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.4)
AI scene detection
8-megapixel (ultra wide) +
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Connectivity||HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
|HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
GPS, GLONASS, BDS
|Dimensions||156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm||164.2 x 76.7 x 7.9mm|
|Price||6GB/64GB: EUR329 (~Php19,300)|
6GB/128GB: EUR369 (~Php21,700)
As stated earlier, the Samsung Galaxy A70 is one of the best entry-level smartphones that Samsung currently makes. But as what you’ve just seen, it still has nothing against the Xiaomi Mi 9T.
For starters, Xiaomi’s offering is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core processor. While the Galaxy A70 only comes with a Snapdragon 675 chipset.
Comes with a more capable chipset is also a more powerful GPU. The Mi 9T features an Adreno 618 graphics, which delivers better gaming performance than the Adreno 612 on the Galaxy A70.
Probably one of the biggest win of the Xiaomi Mi 9T over the Samsung Galaxy A70 is the aesthetics. Besides its unique and edgy design on the back, the Mi 9T features an all-screen display with a pop-up selfie camera on the top. Meanwhile, the latter settles for an Infinity-U notch on the screen.
Another lead of Xiaomi’s bet over Samsung’s is the cameras on the back. The Mi 9T features a flagship 48-megapixel Sony IMX 582 processor, with an 8-megapixel telephoto snapper and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide shooter.
The 32-megapixel primary camera on the Samsung Galaxy A70 might deliver decent photos, but we don’t expect it to be better than the former. Also, its 8-megapixel ultra wide and 5-megapixel depth sensors feel relatively underwhelming when compared to the competition.
But to Samsung’s credit, the Galaxy A70 does have a bigger 6.7-inch display, while the Mi 9T is only at 6.39-inches. This is perfect if productivity or media consumption is a top priority.
The Samsung Galaxy A70’s bigger body also allowed the company to cram in a 4,500mAh battery, versus the 4,000mAh on the Mi 9T. It also features a faster 25W charging technology.
Still, thanks to its better design, faster processor, and better cameras, the Xiaomi Mi 9T is still a better option than the Samsung Galaxy A70. All we have to do is wait and see when and how much this device will release here in the Philippines.